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NR 2006-13
April 21, 2006

Contact: Ed Wilson
Mark Oldfield
Don Drysdale
(916) 323-1886

CAPITOL EARTH DAY FESTIVAL SHOWCASES STATE’S DEDICATION
TO PRESERVING CALIFORNIA’S NATURAL RESOURCES

SACRAMENTO – In celebration of Earth Day, the California Department of Conservation is hosting an educational “Earth Day Festival” Friday, April 21 at Capitol Park in Sacramento from 10a.m.-2p.m. In support of the Earth Day Festival, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger proclaimed April 21, 2006 as “Earth Day” to remind citizens to never take for granted California’s precious natural resources.

“The Earth Day Festival at the Capitol serves as a positive, interactive way to engage citizens and remind them of simple steps that will help to create a healthy future for California’s environment,” said Bridgett Luther, DOC director. “From bottle and can recycling to tips on energy conservation, this educational event provides visitors with many easy-to-implement Earth-conscious activities.”

Californians of all ages are invited to bring their lunch and enjoy a variety of interactive environmental displays, the Recycle Rex stage show for kids and a lunchtime concert by Sacramento-area band Slight of Hand on the west steps of the Capitol.

Earth Day was founded in 1970 and was created to promote environmental citizenship and year-round progressive action worldwide. Earth Day is the only event celebrated around the globe by people of all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities. More than a half billion people participate in Earth Day events every year.

The Earth Day Festival participants include representatives from fifteen state and local agencies, such as: DOC Division of Recycling, DOC Division of Land Resource Protection, DOC California Geological Survey, DOC Office of Mine Reclamation, DOC Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources, California Integrated Waste Management Board , California Conservation Corps, California Energy Commission, Delta Protection Commission, Department of Boating and Waterways, Department of Fish and Game, Department of Parks and Recreation, Sacramento Local Conservation Corps and the City and County of Sacramento.

In addition to promoting beverage container recycling, the Department of Conservation maps and studies earthquakes and other geologic phenomena; classifies areas containing mineral deposits; ensures reclamation of land used for mining; regulates oil, gas and geothermal wells; and administers agricultural and open-space land conservation programs.

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